Please pass the fan because this episode was HOT.
The one thing stuck in my head from the last episode was how Fitz and Olivia ‘kissing in a tree’ was going to come about. Let’s go!
Olivia dresses down her former love interest on the phone for his pin striped suit on national television. Poor Senator Davis. This is nothing compared to the dressing down he receives later.
She gets into her car in the nearly desolate parking garage section with no cameras (stop that Liv) and finds a man in her backseat. She boots him out as he shouts that ‘They know all about the late night phone calls from the West Wing.‘ Screetch! Audience, meet new client.
Fitz and Mellie have a nice moment over baby clothes. They almost seemed married.
Back at Liv Central, new client, Artie Hornbacher, is standing on the team’s table and yammering about the NSA and cell phones. ‘They’ can hear us, ‘they’ can see us. He’s speaking of Thorngate and has a thumb drive to prove it. Artie worked for NSA in a low level data entry job for 16 years. He’s in fear for his life since he can now prove that the government is spying on everyone. He’s vetted by the team and deemed legitimate.
Olivia pays a visit to the NSA to speak with the boss and let her know that she knows what’s going on. Boss lady plays ignorant, Olivia leaves and then shouts down her phone to get Artie in hiding. He hates it and doesn’t feel safe.
David is still building his wall of crazy in search of what Olivia Pope has in her power pocket. He’s also not wearing pants and needs a shave. Alissa agrees.
LIv meets with the Senator in a park to discuss Thorngate. She wants him to spill the tea on what he knows. He’s not talking and warns her to not tussle with NSA.
Fitz learns about Thorngate and that Olivia is involved with the whistleblower from Cyrus. He also sees a picture snapped of the park meeting between Liv and the Senator. J-e-a-l-o-u-s.
Abby and Harrison pay a visit to Monica, a Thorngate developer and friend to Artie. They find her deceased. Suicide? They look out of the window. Do black sedans hang outside, running, when someone takes their own life?
Olivia orders an autopsy and then opens the door to Tom and Hal. Just a few Secret Service guys who’ve come to collect her. They bring her to the Presidential hunting location. Fitz looks dashing in his Barbour coat. He asks Olivia to get out of the SUV, she resists, he yells “Get out of the car!” I get goose bumps.
Intimate moment alert: Fitz changing Olivia’s footwear from pumps to boots while she sits on a rock. The looks between these two could melt a Scentsy block!
Olivia is denied a gun.
They have a quarrel over her helping Artie. Remember that Senator jealousy? It’s oozing all over Fitz. Olivia drops the information that the phone calls between them are known. He tells Olivia all of the facts on her prior relationship with Senator Davis, the years, where they lived together and believes she’s doing this to help her ex. He starts to stalk away and she stops him.
This is some serious misplaced passion.
Fitz rushes up and grabs her in a kiss. They push back, up against a tree, without unlocking a lip. Tom and Hal discreetly turn their backs. Mutual groping and grabbing in the great outdoors. Fitz makes a grab for her pants and Olivia pulls away. “I am not yours…This is over.” Hurt. Both of them.
Back at the safe house, Artie’s having a fit. He swears that NSA killed Monica, especially if a running black sedan was outside. Soon, he’s alone with Huck and messing with his watch collection. Huck is frantically trying to encrypt the Thorngate data and is not having fun with his present company.
Meanwhile in the Oval office, there’s a hectic meeting going on. Fitz, Cy, the NSA lady and some others are discussing this breach to national security and Olivia’s role in protecting the whistle blower. They go over legal options and Fitz wants to ‘go nuclear’ on this story.
In the White House private dining room, Fitz eats his dinner and then Mellie comes flying in yammering about the thank you note she had to write to the Queen for a lovely baby gift. When she comes up for a breath, Fitz wants to know where their dinner companions are. Mellie say she wanted it to be just the two of them. Fitz has gone cold on her again and asks “Why?” He continues to eat without looking at her.
David is going over scenarios with Alissa trying to get to the bottom of Olivia’s secrets.
Mellie is on a hunt of her own. She pins down a few Secret Service agents to get them to say without saying what has changed her husband’s demeanor in the past day. Why Olivia Pope, of course!
The White House’s fight to keep Thorngate from going public is thwarted when Huck pulls up the network boss’s wife at home with their baby. She’s on the phone and talking about their sex life. This is viewed by everyone in the room. Red faced, he grants the interview with Artie on national television.
The autopsy on Monica comes back. Insulin overdose. Artie is the diabetic. He’s also just started a cooking smoke-out in the kitchen at the safe house as a black sedan pulls up and the smoke alarm goes off. Huck is distracted with this and doesn’t realize that Artie slipped out of the bathroom window and into said sedan.
Everyone has been played on all sides by the 16 year, low level data entry clerk. He’s off to the highest bidder with Huck to thank for the encryption.
Back on Jealousy Row, Fitz orders Senator Davis off of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Cyrus balks, but he stands firm. It also comes out that Cyrus knew about the late night phone calls between the President and Olivia.
Hurricane Mellie enters. She goes off on Fitz and talks about her political future and the plans she needs to make. She says it once, she says it twice, “Get over her!”
Followed by “If you see her again, I’ll blow you away.” Exit Hurricane Mellie.
Huck hunts Artie down and well, well, well. He’s wearing Huck’s watch! Huck shoots a tranquilizer into him. This is restraint on Huck’s part.
The rest of the team is sharing drinks at a bar, talking about how good Artie was at being bad. Small cat fight between Quinn and Abby. “I’m Quinn bitch”. Abby ends up alone and David saunters up next to her at the bar.
Senator Davis shows up at Liv central asking to be her new client. He wants to get to the bottom of his dismissal. Any ties to the White House, Olivia? No ties.
Olivia is, again, going to her car in the desolate parking garage. Huck is there. Tells her to never do that again. He assures her that Artie is still alive.
Cut to Abby rolling off of David. Both naked and panting in his bed.
Now to go catch my breath and re-watch.
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